Lazio got back on track by beating Siena 2-1 and Ederson scored on his first start for the Aquile.
Vladimir Petkovic had the best Serie A start since 1975 for this club, but it all went downhill from there with two consecutive defeats and no goals. The 3-0 at Napoli midweek was a real drubbing and hit the Biancocelesti’s ambitions. Siena, on the other hand, secured two surprise victories on the trot over Inter and Bologna.
Modibo Diakite, Stefan Radu and Cristian Brocchi were still out for Lazio, while Siena missed Matteo Contini and Alessandro Rosina. Hernanes missed a fitness test, so Ederson had his first Serie A start.
Gianluca Pegolo smothered a long-range Senad Lulic attempt, then Emanuele Calaio ran on to a long Gaetano D’Agostino ball and fired it straight at Federico Marchetti from point-blank range, but it was Ederson who made a remarkable impact on the Olimpico crowd.
An Antonio Candreva corner was whipped in and the Siena defence was focused on Miroslav Klose, leaving Ederson to nod in from six yards undisturbed. He celebrated by copying Olimpia, the eagle that flies around the stadium before Lazio games.
There was controversy on 26 minutes when Stefano Mauri went clear on goal, but Pegolo came rushing out and the two clattered into each other in the D. The referee waved play on and booked Mauri for his protests. It’s true he had already flicked on the ball, but Pegolo did come tearing out to crash right into him.
Lazio were eventually awarded a penalty for another Pegolo mistake, this time Klose ran on to a misplaced backpass and the goalkeeper tripped him. Cristian Ledesma converted confidently at the near post despite Pegolo guessing the right angle.
In the second half Siena were more threatening, as Massimo Paci backheeled a D’Agostino corner just past the post and Marchetti blocked a dangerous Sestu cross.
Candreva twice failed to make the most of smart Mauri assists, while Pegolo kept out Onazi.
Siena did get one back in stoppages, as a D’Agostino corner was not dealt with and Paci had all the time in the world to control and tap in from six yards.
The Tuscans poured forwards in a desperate bid to get it back on track, but it was too late.